80th Anniversary of D-Day

June 5, 2024

From May 31 to June 2, 2024, we surveyed Canadians to find out their opinions and perceptions on D-Day commemorations. 

Some of the key highlights of our survey on D-Day Commemorations include…

  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of Canadians are familiar with the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, while 37% are not familiar with this event. Canadians aged 55 years or older (76%) are more likely to be familiar with this event. Quebecers (51%) are more likely not to be familiar with D-Day.
  • Six out of ten Canadians (60%) say the 80th anniversary of D-Day is meaningful to them, while almost one-third (29%) say the event is not meaningful. Quebecers (43%) are more likely to say this event is not meaningful.
  • One-third of Canadians (33%) think Veterans Affairs Canada does enough to honour and commemorate Second World War veterans.  
  • Three-quarters of Canadians (74%) have a positive attitude toward the Canadian Armed Forces, while 11% have a negative attitude toward it. Albertans (83%) and Canadians aged 55 years or older (81%) are more likely to have a positive attitude. 
  • Seven out of ten (70%) Canadians have never considered joining the Canadian Armed Forces, while 19% are considering joining or have done so in the past. Men (26%) are more likely than women (12%) to consider or have considered joining the Armed Forces.

Methodology

This web survey was conducted from May 31 to June 2, 2024, with 1,529 Canadians aged 18 or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison, a probability sample of 1,529 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.5 %, 19 times out of 20.​

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